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Class size and teaching: width and quality both matter

Peter Blatchford.  David Aaronovitch is a good journalist and there is much to admire in an article he wrote for the Times newspaper last week (‘Teachers must get out of their ideological rut’, January 26, 2017). I suspect however that he

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Moving on from the class size debate: a new project with a practical purpose

Peter Blatchford The head of the OECD PISA surveys, Andreas Schleicher, has been called the most powerful man in education. On  the BBC website this month he described 7 big myths about top-performing school systems. Myth number 4 in Schleicher’s list

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Should we raise class sizes and reduce the number of Teaching Assistants?

Peter Blatchford Ask any teacher about whether class size matters and the chances are they will say that of course, a smaller class allows for better teaching and learning. Ask any teacher whether having a teaching assistant (TA) in the

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Class size or teaching quality? The pendulum swings again

Peter Blatchford The class size debate has opened up once again. The prevalent view this time seems to be that class size is unimportant. This was apparent in the media coverage of one London council leader who wanted the cap

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